As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 17-20
Key verses: (18:15-20) The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. 16 This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” 17 Then the Lord replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. 19 Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. 20 But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak — that prophet shall die.”
Reflection: The world is full of voices. Even when we are not around other people and being socially distant. We watch the news. Follow twitter. Read articles. Go through Facebook posts. It seems that the more distant we are the more voices we are putting in our ears. Maybe you watch a few TikTok stories. And a few more. We listen to podcasts. Audiobooks. Voices upon voices. There is power in words and with it the ability to stir up the waters.
The power of words is not lost in today’s passage from Deuteronomy. These are the words that Moses is giving to the people as they move out of the wilderness. God’s power and authority is clear in this passage. They and we are instructed to listen for God’s voice. The truth here is that God speaks and God is speaking.
In the cacophony of voices, our challenge is to listen for God’s voice. Sometimes that means we have to just stop. Be Still and remember the promise that God is with us in the wilderness, in the chaos and even in the quiet.
Prayer: With a deep breath, we center ourselves in this moment. Pushing our to-do lists aside for a minute, setting aside the voices that swirl in our heads and being present with you God. Speak to us once again a word of truth, justice and love. May we hear you and your call to us as your people. With a deep breath, we move into our days with an open heart, mind and ears for you God. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].